The inquest into the death of an MI6 worker found dead in his London flat has been told his body was found padlocked into a sports bag.
Gareth Williams, from Holyhead on Anglesey, was discovered dead in the bath at his home in Pimlico on 23 August.
He was on secondment to MI6 from his role as a communications officer at GCHQ in Cheltenham.
Police said at the time he could have been dead for as long as two weeks.
Coroner Dr Paul Knapman revealed that police had found Mr. Williams body locked in a holdall in the bath of the west London flat at the opening of the inquest in Westminster today.
The inquest was also told that the corpse appeared to be in an “advanced state of decay”.
The MI6 worker’s body was discovered after police broke into the flat following concerns raised by colleagues that he had not been seen for “some time.”
The inquest has been adjourned until 8 September.